Long summer evenings lit by candles in coloured glass; red brick still warm from the heat of the day; soft nights and rain puddles splashed with neon; the tangles of friends, lovers, and changing hearts captured in one strange, small, breathless snapshot that seems to last forever. Party glass is a short collection of poems united by the feelings found in those moments, which seem simultaneously so brief and almost endless, but serve to remind us that we’re still here, still watching the world turn.
Kezia Cole is a writer, artist, and designer from various parts of southern and southwest England. She holds a BA (Hons) in art history, with specialties in Classics and Renaissance art, and an MA in medieval studies, along with a disparate collection of qualifications in game design, creative writing, textile art, and European history.
Kezia is the author of three poetry collections, five novels, and a large number of short stories, though not always under the same pen name. Her poetry has been featured in magazines, journals, and on radio, and her artwork has formed part of mixed media exhibitions and festivals, plus featuring—alongside her graphic design work—on a number of book covers. Her fiction has been published by, among others, Random House eKhaya and Constable & Robinson, with stories appearing in multiple anthologies and international competition events.
Leading publishers –Holllyridge Press and Pluto Press (2 entries each).
Leading author – Oscar Wilde (2 publications).
TOP TEN UK CHAPBOOKS
1 (-) party glass – Kezia Cole (Independently published, Sept. 2017)
2 (1) On Imagination – Mary Ruefle (Sarabande Books, July 2017)
3 (3) The Wedding Vows Chapbook: Sample Wedding Vows and Inspiration – Katharine Coggeshall (Independently published, May 2017)
4 (-) How long does it take to write a haiku? – Matthew Mulder (Coffeehouse Junkie Books, May 2014)
5 (2) Reversing the Spectator – Alban Low, Kevin Acott and Bill Mudge (Sampson Low, June 2017)
6 (4) On The Kitchen Table From Which Everything Has Been Hastily Removed – Olena Kalytiak Davis (Hollyridge Press, July 2009)
7 (5) Hard Rain – Tony Hoagland (Hollyridge Press, Oct. 2005)
8 (7) Soul of Man Under Socialism – Oscar Wilde (Pluto Press, Jan 1987)
9 (6) Ballad of Reading Gaol – Oscar Wilde (Pluto Press, Jun 1978)
10 (8) A Chapbook of Greeting Card Verses – Tammy Ruggles (Independently published, date unknown)